Cape Town - Cole Alexander has paid tribute to Polokwane City coach Kosta Papic for giving him the freedom to play without fear.
Alexander was nominated for PSL player of the 2014/15 season and he puts his improved form down to a combination of his own hard work and Papic’s influence.
“Playing under Kosta Papic has really helped me a lot, his training and his philosophy has really helped my game a lot and I am very ambitious and want to go forward and grow in my career,” Alexander told Sport24.
“One of my qualities is that I can adapt easily.
“I have played for a lot of teams but I must say that under Papic I have played my best football.
“It’s about freedom; what he changed in me was that I was scared to make mistakes.
“Papic took the fear of making mistakes away from me.”
Papic is a well-known proponent of free flowing, crowd-pleasing football in which he seeks to get the best out of his more technical players.
Alexander holds Papic in high regard.
“He’s an all-rounded guy, he’s not only a coach but also a father figure, he is one of the most complete coaches that I know.
“If the coach has confidence in you it makes you shine.”